ES is located on 900 acres of diverse habitats that have been placed in a Conservation Easement. This means that the land is preserved from development forever for the benefit of wildlife.
Early successional field habitats and the wildlife, which flourish in this environment, are disappearing, either to development or to maturity due to ecological succession. ES maintains this habitat for Yellow-breasted Chats, American Woodcocks, Field Sparrows, Prairie Warblers, Grasshopper Sparrows, Wild Turkeys, Brown Thrashers, and Northern Bobwhite (sadly now very rare here as it is in most of the eastern United States). Our open water provides habitat for a variety of waterfowl such as Redhead, Canvasback, Wood Duck, and American Black Duck. The network of vernal pools on the property are home to both Jefferson and Spotted Salamanders, Wood Frogs, and a diverse community of invertebrates that depend on seasonally dry wetlands for survival. Wooded areas are home to White-tailed Deer, as well as a number of other notable mammals, such as Black Bear, Mink, Short-tailed Weasel and Red and Gray Fox. ES participates in the Deer Management and Assistance Program (DMAP), which is a long-term nationwide research and management program.
One of our goals is to catalogue EVERY SPECIES that occurs on the 900-acre property. It's an ambitious goal but we'll learn a lot and have fun along the way. We started a new iNaturalist project to collect observations. Let us know if you'd like to visit and help with the project!
Trail Camera Monitoring
White-tailed Deer Research and Management DMAP
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